Say one was to put a human being in a decompression chamber, turn it on, wait for it to pressurise, and then open the hatch. Would the person explode as per folklore, or would something else (probably equally agonizing) happen to them? I know human being don't explode in the vacuum of space, but I wasn't sure what would happen if there was still an atmosphere when you suddenly decompressed.
Supposedly this happened to someone in Florida about 30 years ago, but the whole thing smells fishy to me.
- Maha Vailo